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Lidl will offer medical benefits to all 1,200 of its part-time US employees at CNBC. “We want our team to have the peace of mind knowing they have healthcare coverage,” said Lidl U.S. Chairman Roman Heini in a statement.” Read more


Rent the Runway back up after operational glitch at Reuters. “The issue had forced the company to stop allowing new subscribers to the platform and halted its services for 11 days, starting Sept. 27, Rent the Runway said.” Read more


Amazon held its first big ad conference last week at CNBC. “Last week in Seattle, Amazon attracted roughly 400 people to “AdCon 2019,” CNBC has learned. The inaugural two-day event featured the company’s most senior ad executives and sessions to educate businesses on “how to use Amazon Advertising to create connections with shoppers at key moments across the purchase journey,” according to a page for the conference on events site Cvent.” Read more


Glenlivet has new whisky capsules that look like detergent pods by Kelly Tyko at USA Today. “Many who commented on social media talked about memories of the Tide Pod challenge where teens were ingesting the colorful detergent packs as dares. “Does it do laundry too? Who thought this was a good idea?” Twitter user @JohnGeyerman wrote.” Read more


Amazon, Walmart confront India’s slowing economy as holiday season growth stalls by Manish Singh at TechCrunch. “Online retailers in India sold goods worth $3 billion in the six-day festive sale that concluded last week, growing at an impressive 30% since last year, according to research firm RedSeer. The catch? A year before, the growth rate stood at 93%.” Read more


California power outage: What happens when the lights go out at AP. Read more


New York staple Dean and Deluca closed down at PIX 11. “Every time I came they didn’t have what I came for,” said Marie Valouch. Turns out the shelves were empty because vendors stopped supplying the New York staple after they stopped paying their bills.” Video/Read more


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Inside H-E-B’s first grocery store inside a mixed-use development at Houston Chronicle. 30 pics/tiered subs.


West African Poverty Alleviation Program Makes Cocoa This Year’s Hot Commodity by Joe Wallace at Wall Street Journal. “Uncertainty about the new way of pricing West African cocoa exports, designed to improve living conditions for farmers, is driving the rally. According to the World Bank, 80% of cocoa producers, or four million people and their families, live on less than $3 a day.” WSJ subs.


All this Virginia wine store needs to stay alive is 10 good customers by Thomas Heath at Washington Post. “In an era of big-box competitors like Total Wine, Costco and Walmart, the Wine Attic provides a window into how a little company can stay alive paying super-close attention to the customer base. “We sell ourselves,” said Juan, a 43-year-old former restaurant manager. “It’s the Juan and Renée experience. Every second with the customer counts.” Tiered subs.


Study: Publix is top Instacart grocery retailer at Supermarket News. Read more/Register


Supermarkets bag newspapers at the checkout counter by Jason Schott at Fox Business. “One paper that is fighting back is City Pulse, a free weekly newspaper in Lansing, Michigan…Schwartz posted a letter on City Pulse’s website on October 3: “Thank you for your outpouring of support for City Pulse in the face of a misguided and inconsistent decision by the Kroger Co. to ban free publications from its stores nationwide. Nearly 1,200 of you have signed a petition asking Kroger to reconsider…” Read more


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